Usually I try and find a story of sorts to begin these posts, but alas this time there isn’t one. This idea, or revelation came to over the last couple of weeks and it is about the 3 types of magical work that I do, or that I perceive I do.
This is where magic is used to work on yourself, inner work if you will. Work to understand, heal and grow in a psychological personal sense. It is about working with the darker aspects, as well as the lighter aspects, of yourself that come into view as you live a magical life. It has always been my belief that if you are not working on this as a part of your magical life, then are you really living a magical life? But having said that, living a magical life is not and should not be entirely focused on the self, hens these two other type of work which are a part of my practice and magical life.
For example this year I have been making a concerted effort to write more because all through my schooling I was told I was lazy and stupid, and then when it was discovered that I was dyslexic, as an adult, I had to overcome the common understanding that dyslexic people while not stupid could not write. Hence the magical blogging and writing on a fairly regular basis.
This is not always overtly magical as so often reading and study is not seen as a magical act, but that I suspect depends on how your framework looks. Deep work is about deepening your understanding through reading study and practice of your path, your magic and your connection with the Divine and the Spirit world. As Kris Hughs from the Anglesee Druid Order said, it is when your eyes are Black with the magic of the ovate. This can happen when you are deepening your understanding of the above be that reading, study, practice or ritual.
For example this year I learnt about trance-meditation, connected and unconnected magic, which I have then put into practice and now have a much strong connection with Spirit, the Divine and a clearer connection with a Spirit Teacher who I have been working with for years. I also leaped into the abyss with gay abandon but that is not something will be sharing here.
This for me has a strong connection with Surrendering to service. it is the service you provide, not just to you magical or pagan communities but also you wider community. It is talking to the little old lady at the bus stop with an empty cat carrier and offering her an ear, and sympathy because she has just had her very old cat put to sleep. It is about helping a new pagan discover what their path and spirituality is. It can be about organising or talking part in a beach clean-up, or helping friends move house.
For me part of my community work is helping others find their magical and spiritual paths, and talking to people at bus stops..
Of course there is crossover. Deep work can bring up Shadow work that needs to be done and Community work that could be an aspect of your Deep work as you find yourself offering your services in the name your God or Goddess. You get the picture right?
So there you go, three types of magical work that are key to living a magical life, or at least how i am living my magical life!